A 38-year-old man pleaded guilty Tuesday and was immediately sentenced to time served in jail for a domestic violence conflict that led to a 10-hour standoff with police in Costa Mesa in November.
Tyler Nathan Thornton pleaded guilty to felony resisting arrest as well as corporal injury on a spouse or cohabitant, two counts of child abuse and endangerment, all misdemeanors. He was also sentenced to 196 days in jail and placed on four years of formal probation and ordered to perform eight hours of community service and attend classes for domestic violence and child abuse.
A woman who reported being assaulted about 12:30 a.m. Nov. 3 was able to escape the home in the 3200 block of Dakota Avenue, according to Roxi Fyad of the Costa Mesa Police Department. The couple’s two children, whose ages were not immediately known, remained inside the home with Thornton when officers arrived.
Police said Thornton had a registered firearm and threatened responding officers. Police later found a handgun, two long guns and an airsoft replica gun, Fyad said.
Nearby homes were evacuated as a SWAT team and K-9 units took positions around the residence. Traffic was also diverted from the area as a crisis negotiation team communicated with the suspect, who surrendered peacefully just before 10:30 a.m. that day.
Police said the children were recovered “safe and sound.”
Police said they notified the Newport-Mesa Unified School District about the standoff because two schools are nearby, but there were no reports of disruptions at those campuses.